Batman (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Sunsoft
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series, see Batman.

Batman is a platform beat-em-up very loosely based on the movie. You play Batman in search of the Joker. Aside from the cut scenes and the appearance of the main character, the game has nothing to do with the Batman franchise, indicating that Sunsoft just used to franchise to sell an existing game. This was probably a good idea since most movie tie-in games are terrible, but Batman is a fun game with great controls, excellent graphics, and wonderful music. You run along the ground, kill enemies, climb various walls, avoid hazards, and end each stage with a boss battle. The game's only failing, one that seems to have plagued Sunsoft, is it becomes insanely difficult near the end. If you're able to beat the game, you'll be rewarded with a rather anti-heroic, but awesome ending.

Sunsoft later made a sequel to the game, Batman: Return of the Joker (NES).


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The title screen.

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Batman hits the streets.

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Stage 1 is pretty simple.

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The bosses, however, are not!

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Stage 2.

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Couldn't make it.


The music in Batman is very good. Like most Sunsoft games, the percussion is spectacular. The music for stage 4 really stands out. However, like most of the game's content the music has nothing to do with any past Batman franchise music. Naoki Kodaka would also go on to compose the Sega Genesis version's music, while Nobuyuki Hara would later compose the PC Engine version's music, including reusing a track he composed for this version.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 0:37
02 Introduction Nobuyuki HaraNobuyuki Hara 0:46
03 Cut Scenes Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 0:40
04 Stages 1 & 5 Nobuyuki HaraNobuyuki Hara 2:13
05 Stage 2 Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 1:45
06 Stage 3 Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 2:14
07 Stage 4 Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 1:59
08 Boss Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 1:20
09 Death Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 0:02
10 Game Over Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 1:26
11 Ending Naoki KodakaNobuyuki Hara 0:39


(Sources: 1, 2)

Game Rip



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The game's audio has been ripped to NSF, NSFE, and VGM formats. Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.


  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: バットマン (Batman)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1989-12-22
Publisher: Sunsoft
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Batman
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-02-??
Publisher: Sunsoft
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Batman
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-09-14
Publisher: Sunsoft